Harvard Surgical HSR Speaker Series

A Research Agenda to Meet the Palliative Care Needs of Patients with Advanced Liver Disease

Nneka Nnaoke Ufere, MD, MSCE

Instructor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Nneka N. Ufere, MD MSCE is a Transplant Hepatologist and Instructor in Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. She is a core faculty member of the Mongan Institute, the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program, and the Center for Aging and Serious Illness. Her research is at the intersection of hepatology, transplant, and palliative care, with a goal of developing supportive care interventions that increase the quality of life, quality of care, and healthcare system empathy for patients with advanced liver disease and their families. Her work has been featured in JAMA Internal Medicine, Hepatology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the American Journal of Gastroenterology, and the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Her work is currently supported by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Clinical, Translational and Outcomes Research Award, the Massachusetts General Hospital Physician Scientist Development Award, the NIH Loan Repayment Award, and an MGH GI Innovation and Collaboration Award.

Dr. Ufere received her bachelors degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Psychology at Harvard College. She received her medical degree at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she subsequently served as Chief Medical Resident. She completed her fellowship training in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology degree at the at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

Tuesday, December 6th

5:00-6:00 p.m. EDT

Hybrid Webinar

BC-4118, 4th Floor, One Brigham Circle, 1620 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

Webinar Registration

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the current state of palliative hepatology
  2. Discuss results of the LiverPal clinical trial
  3. Share lessons learned and next steps for palliative hepatology research.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for research faculty and trainees

Course Director

Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, FACS

Michele and Howard J. Kessler Distinguished Chair of Surgery and Public Health
Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Director, Center for Geriatric Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School


In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.